The Walter and Lalita janke Charitable Foundation, Vero Beach, FL, Disaster Relief, Hunger Relief

What We Do

Thank you for visiting our website. We invite you to peruse information about the organizations we support. We encourage you to join us in envisioning people transforming their lives, partaking in healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities.  We would love to see you get involved; share your experiences, knowledge and finances with these and other worthy organizations. The beauty of empowering and enriching the lives of others, is that in the process, your own life is enriched.

For information on the scholarships The Walter & Lalita Charitable Foundation offers, please click here.

Camp Haven  

Camp Haven grew out of recognition that there was an urgent need for shelter in Indian River County.There are over 500 Indian River County homeless residents camping illegally in the woods because there is no emergency shelter for adults without dependent children.The program is a 20 room facility, providing supportive and transformational living opportunities for IRC residents committed to rising out of homelessness. The Jankes were a guiding force behind the Camp Haven project and continue to volunteer their efforts to its daily needs.

Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County

The Janke's contribution made it possible for the Substance Awareness Center to purchase two homes. These conveniently located, quaint homes provide safety, security and counseling services for women as they transition out of substance dependencies.

Hibiscus Children's Center

The Janke Charitable Foundation partnered with The Hibiscus Children Center's Career Pathways Independence Program to address the needs of foster children, ages 15-17, living in Indian River County who have been abused, neglected or abandoned.

Indian River State College

Dr. and Mrs. Janke believe in education. Through their charitable foundation, a permanent endowed fund was set up to provide scholarships for foster children who want to attend Indian River State College.  In 2015, the Foundation awarded two scholarships.

Scholarship Types: The Walter & Lalita Janke Charitable Foundation provides 5 types of scholarships: Foster Care, Academic Excellence, Health Science Programs, Business and Fellowship.  

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Florida Atlantic University

Sustainable Energy: Florida Atlantic University recently received a $1 million gift from Dr. Walter and Lalita Janke to establish the Walter and Lalita Janke Innovations in Sustainability Science Research Fund, which will support faculty research that advances knowledge and applications relevant for improving environmental sustainability. The fund will be administered by the Center for Environmental Studies (CES) at FAU and will promote an annual $50,000 competitive research grant to a faculty researcher or research team at FAU. CES at FAU, which advances Florida’s sustainability by seeding collaborative research, education, and community engagement activities, has already leveraged additional resources for this competition, bringing the amount available in 2016 to $70,000. 

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies: The Jankes partner with the Florida Atlantic University's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters in support of the College's Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies with graduate student assistant-ships and scholarships.  In 2015, the Foundation awarded four scholarships.

Peace, Justice & Human Rights Initiatives: The Jankes support FAU's Peace, Justice & Human Rights Initiative which seeks to bring together the various entities on campus invested in the themes of Human Rights, Peace and Social Justice, both locally and globally.


U.S. National Committee for UN Women

As President of the U.S. National Commitee (USNC) for UN Women, Lalita Janke leads 15 USNC chapters nationwide to support the efforts of UN Women's global initiatives: to eliminate violence against women, achieve economic empowerment, increase women's participation in leadership and reach gender equality worldwide.  

The United States National Committee (USNC) for UN Women is an independent non-profit, 501c3 organization that supports UN Women programs. These projects promote social, political, and economic equality for women and girls spanning 100 countries around the globe.

Food Relief International

The Jankes partnered with Mother Rytasha and Food Relief International to help provide education, medical and eye care, food; clothing to thousands of poor children in Bangladesh, South Asia. 



Chincha Clinic 

A magnitude-8 earthquake leads to hundreds of deaths and massive destruction. The Jankes partnered with the Peruvian American Medical Society to help establish the Chincha Clinic in Chincha, Peru.



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